LeBron rues missed opportunities in shock Suns loss

LeBron James felt it was an all-too familiar story for the Los Angeles Lakers as the struggling Phoenix Suns consigned them to a fourth defeat in their last five NBA games.

The Lakers sunk to a new low on Saturday, going down 118-109 to a Phoenix side languishing bottom of the standings.

That followed a 131-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, striking blows to the Lakers' bid to secure a playoff place.

James, who top-scored with 27 points and laid on 16 assists, said Luke Walton's side only had themselves to blame.

"I'm not here to harp on with negativity. We had opportunities, we could have played better here, we could have played better there - it's been throughout the whole season." said James.

"Right now, it's a tough loss for us. It was a tough loss for us last night [against the Bucks]. We knew we gave so much to the game last night that we had to kind of find our own energy.

"I actually felt a lot better than I thought I was going to feel once I got on the floor but as a collective group, we didn't always have it.

"A few of us had it at times but it wasn't always a five-man collective group, at least until those last five minutes."

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